Raisins: benefits and properties
Within own calories of nuts, the raisins they come to be some of the nuts that have fewer calories, although they have a higher proportion of carbohydrates. They are popularly known by the name of raisins, although they usually tend to be more named and known as raisinsor just like raisins, which we can find in many supermarkets and nutrition stores.
As the name suggests, they come to be "past grapes", having been subjected to drying and dehydration processes, since they are allowed to dry until - finally - they remain in a sweet fruit with a very characteristic dark color. And because of this they become a very rich carbohydrate food, hence they are considered as a food with a great energetic power quite similar to that provided by the dried figs.
Although it is true that it is a dry fruit in itself, it should not be forgotten that it could also be included in the name of fruit, since it preserves even the most benefits of grapes.
Properties of the most important raisins
Help eliminate toxins accumulated in the body
Raisins are ideal for purifying our body, so it is a very interesting natural food when it comes to eliminating the different toxins accumulated in our body. It can be said that it is ideal when it comes to helping both the liver and the kidneys carry out this important function. In this sense, its high fiber content stands out.
It also highlights its high content of potassium, an essential mineral for the proper functioning of our body, at the same time it is an excellent depurative to help us eliminate body fluids.
Help to enjoy good intestinal health
Raisins are very rich in fiber, so they are excellent when it comes to enjoy optimal intestinal health. To enjoy this quality it is recommended eat raisins on an empty stomach, since in this way we get improve and regulate our intestinal transit, so they are also interesting in case of constipation.
We must bear in mind that, in case of suffering from constipation, we will be able to increase this quality if we eat them accompanied with natural yogurt.
High content of natural antioxidants
They are also a good source of antioxidants, thanks to its high bioflavonoid content, and that protect the cells and help prolong their youth for a longer time. These antioxidants protect our cells from the negative action of free radicals, so a regular consumption of raisins is an excellent option when it comes to preventing the onset of serious or chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases or cancer.
Excellent source of energy
As we explained to you at the beginning, raisins they stand out for their high content of carbohydrates. This means that they are a great source of energy, being ideal for athletes and people who maintain a high activity (as students, for example).
How to eat them to enjoy their benefits?
When it comes to enjoying the benefits of the most important raisins there are two delicious options equally valid:
- Soak: it is enough to heat a glass of water in a saucepan and add half a cup of raisins. Then let soak for 15 minutes. Now clean the raisins with clean cold water, put a cup of water in a saucepan and let it boil. When it starts to boil add the raisins and let soak 24 hours. They are ideal to eat on an empty stomach.
- Raw: they are another simple option and above all much faster than the previous one. It consists of eating a handful of raisins whenever we feel like it. They are delicious and ideal accompanied with yogurt, oatmeal or vegetable milk.
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